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Friday, September 29, 2006

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Enrollment dips at Carlisle Public School

Total enrollment has dropped by 26 students, according to data presented at the Carlisle School Committee meeeting on September 20. Kindergarten class sizes have been smaller in recent years, but class sizes may grow later as families with older children move into town. In reviewing the grade-by-grade populations for the 2006-07 school year, a smaller growth in the lower grades was noted.

The chart below shows the class size for the last three years, and details the changes in each class cohort between the last and the current school year. A total of 30 new students have joined grades one through eight while 21 have withdrawn due to moving out of town, attending private school, or other reasons. Data for 2004-05 is as of October 1, 2004 and is taken from the 2004 Carlisle Annual Report. The statistics for 2005-06 are from June.

Committee member Michael Fitzgerald discussed the current structure of four classrooms each for kindergarten and first grade, and said in previous years three classrooms would be used for small class sizes. He suggested there should be material to show the advantage of small class sizes. Superintendent Marie Doyle pointed out that small classes support early development and aid early intervention of learning difficulties.

Enrollment Analysis

04-05 05-06 With- 06-07

Grade #Students Grade #Students New drew Grade #Students

K 68

K 57 6 1 1 62

K 79 1 85 6 2 2 89

1 84 2 88 3 2 3 89

2 75 3 75 3 2 4 76

3 95 4 88 3 3 5 88

4 104 5 105 3 3 6 105

5 112 6 107 3 4 7 106

6 88 7 90 3 3 8 90

7 99 8 103

8 74

Pre 16 Pre 17 Pre 16

Total 826 815 789

Total enrollment (not including out-of-district placements)

Between 05-06 and 06-07 school years, total additions = 30, Total withdrawl = 21.


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